Explosion Damages Belle Of Washington

A Wednesday afternoon explosion at the Washington waterfront damaged a dinner cruise boat.

Firefighters say hydrogen exploded in the battery compartment of The Belle of Washington. No one was injured in the explosion that happened around 12:40 p.m.

The blast warped metal in the battery compartment, bowed the boat's floor, ripped apart doors and shattered windows. The owner says he's still accessing the damage and they're hoping to have it repaired by April, that's when their season restarts.

The 85-foot long vessel is used for dinner cruises along the Pamlico River.

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  • by Fess Location: Ocracoke on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I am so glad I am not in Washington anymore.Before you people start throwing stones at the Swanners why don't you clean up your own filthy back yards. alot of people who live in Washington are sick people.I am truely sorry for what happened AG and Tammy I am here to help you if you need me.You know how to reach me if you need my help. AFA !!!!!!!!
  • by Frances Location: palm coast fl on Jan 11, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Sorry Swanners! You will be up and running in no time.Don't let the negative remarks bother you.Anyone that truly knows these people are lucky.The negative people....who needs you? Uh maybe that is the problem you are lonely.Guess what...you will stay that way!
  • by To Bad on Jan 9, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    to the person who said AG has always worked hard, well he may have, but AG and his family have always made their living illegally.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    The captain and crew of the Belle are highly qualified, US Coast Guard licensed, and are always safety first. The Belle herself is inspected every year. You are in good hands when on the Belle of Washington. Capt. Joe Sizemore
  • by Lubba Location: The real deal on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Actually, it was a artilley shell from the "New and Working" cannon from Ft. Macon. They must have thought the Belle was some sort of an invading force. Sorry about the Belle, but a nice shot. I know this was in poor humor, but come on every one, a $18,000.00 "working" canon needs alittle news time in these "hard" times....
  • by Debbie on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    The people with nagative comments obviously don't know the owner all that well..The Belle is not their first cruise boat!! I have been on the Belle of Washington several times, and the Captain's and Crew members have always been careful, cautious and courtious. I have never felt scared or unsafe.Remember negative words bring back negative things..I'm sure the Belle will be up and running in time for spring events and occasions..So all of us who enjoy to relax on the water with friends,good food, and great entertainment wil be able to get back out there.To the Swanner family, there are alot of us that can't wait to get back out there with all of you and your experienced and wonderful crew!!!!
  • by james Location: washington on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    so sorry ag and tammy hope it is fixed soon keep on entertaining washington its great thanks
  • by Kiaser Location: Chocowinity on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    The Hindenburg of the waterfront that could have happened anytime
  • by TO BILL P Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM
  • by Lou Location: on the road on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    sorry to hear about the belle AG i know how much your family worked hard for it. hoping for a fast fix so it can get back to cruising soon. Your friend Lou ps dont mind the idiot comments from the masses
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